Luz (inset) died on May 29, 2021.


Filipina expat in Dubai dies after weeks of battling health issue


DUBAI – A Filipina in Dubai who was admitted to a hospital in Sharjah after having a “nervous breakdown” died on Saturday (May 29), sources told

As first reported on May 16, Luzviminda Sayman, 37, was admitted to the hospital after having a “nervous breakdown” in front of her housemates in Satwa.

Test results later showed that Sayman, known as Luz, was suffering from meningitis, a bacterial infection that causes confusion and behavioral changes, and in some extreme cases, death.

A hospital representative confirmed to that Luz died at around 3pm on Saturday. A hospital report showed that the cause of death was septic shock. The body has been transferred to the hospital mortuary.

Luz’s cousin in Ras Al Khaimah, Florites Magdagasang, said that another relative in the UAE is taking care of the paperwork to bring Luz’s remains back to her hometown in Davao, Philippines.

As previously reported, the Assistance to Nationals (ATN) section of the Philippine Consulate has confirmed repatriation assistance for Luz.

Luz’s cousin said the Filipina’s death is especially heartbreaking for her daughter in the Philippines, who last spoke to her mother in May to greet her on Mother’s Day.

Weeks before she was admitted to the hospital, Luz, a single mother, talked about missing her daughter in the Philippines.

The pandemic made it harder for her to return home to visit her family. She eked out a living cleaning houses and doing odd jobs in the UAE where she lived in the last seven years.

“She had a lot of plans for herself and her daughter. She just graduated from a short course in caregiving. She also wanted to buy a house and lot in Davao,” said Mary Anne, one of Luz’s housemates in Dubai who was one of the first to rush her to the hospital for treatment.

She said Luz was selfless and endeared herself to everyone in the villa by cooking their favorite Filipino snacks and desserts on Fridays.

As Luz received treatment in the hospital, Mary Anne and Luz’s housemates pooled together their own money in hopes that it would help the Filipina in her post-recovery period. They expressed their condolences to the Sayman family. PIA/Expat Media

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